Bill Clinton to ABC: ‘I am not a racist’
WASHINGTON (AP) – Former President Clinton acknowledges there are some things “I wish I hadn’t said” during the Democratic presidential nomination fight, but denies he made racist statements about Barack Obama.
Clinton, who is in Rwanda attending to work he does with a private foundation to fight AIDS, charged that news organizations applied “a different standard” to his wife, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton. But when asked about that in an interview broadcast Monday on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” the former president said that spending time on such recriminations “interferes with the issue, which is who should be elected in November.”
“I bragged on Sen. Obama hundreds of times,” he said. “Now, I will be glad, as soon as this election is over in January, to have this conversation with you and everybody else. I have very strong feelings about it.”
Clinton cut a controversial profile throughout the Democratic delegate-selection process, championing his wife’s cause and vehemently defending her on the campaign trail. But he also at times seemed an angry surrogate and he was harshly criticized for apparently disparaging Obama’s victory over his wife in the South Carolina primary. Clinton noted at the time that Jesse Jackson had won there 20 years earlier.
This video is from ABC’s Good Morning America, broadcast August 4, 2008.